Kofi Woods, Amb. Weah Urge Journalists…As Rodney Sieh Enjoys 30-Day Leave

By Victor C. Hanson, Jr. (Cub Reporter)

Human Rights lawyer, Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods and Liberia’s Peace Ambassador, George M. Weah, have called for the free movement of Liberians without intimidation and harassment.

Speaking at the office of the Press Union of Liberia, Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, former Public Works Minister said he has no regret for representing Frontpage Africa’s publisher, Rodney Sieh.

He said the team of lawyers representing the legal interest of Mr. Sieh will not stop their quest but will continue representing indigent poor Liberians including journalists in pursuit of justice and respect for Human Rights and the rule of law.

Atty. Wood added that the team started as a small group because there was an attempt to even threaten and disband some of Sieh’s lawyers. “But some of them considered our action as an attempt to challenge the decree of the Supreme Court,” Mr. Woods averred.

The Liberian lawyer pointed out that they stood strongly behind Sieh and will continue to do so because according to him, any unjust law will be challenged by them and will do everything possible to ensure that those laws that are intended to dehumanize and subject the citizens to dehumanized and degrading treatments are reformed.

He said imprisonment of Journalist Sieh on August 20 has been more than forty days ago, but it has been a worthwhile journey, because according to him, on this journey, they have discovered and rediscovered their country in different ways.

Atty. Woods disclosed that he was involved in signing the legal memorandum of understanding with PUL in 1994 to represent journalists in Liberia on a pro bono basis.

“I thought by now I won’t have to be representing journalists any more as Beyan Hayward and I would be retiring from the representation of journalists,” Woods said.

Atty. Woods expressed disappointment in the jailing of journalists at this time under what he calls draconian and updated status terming same as unacceptable.

Mr. Woods praised the Ministry of Justice for what he calls the level of cooperation received from the MOJ and at the same time said they have filed all necessary papers to the Supreme Court of Liberia challenging the status and other provisions of the law not only on the issue of Rodney Sieh but to create a disincentives for others who will want to take media practitioners to court.

For his part CDC political leader and Liberia’s Peace Ambassador George Weah said serving in this position, he will do everything possible to assist in maintaining lasting peace in Liberia.

Amb. Weah intimated that an executive of his party, Mulbah Morlu was arrested on Wednesday during the arrival of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf adding that the CDC is ensuring through legal means to have him released.

Weah then assured Liberians that the intimidation and harassment of ordinary Liberians including political leaders and journalists will stop.

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